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The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing by Zachary Petit

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Chapter Two

Ideation Vacation

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” — John Steinbeck

“That’s the great secret of creativity. You treat ideas like cats: You make them follow you.” — Ray Bradbury

“The truth is, it’s not the idea, it’s never the idea, it’s always what you do with it.” — Neil Gaiman

On the first day of my first newspaper job, I sat down at my desk and wondered what the hell I should be doing.

I expected assignments—you know, the editor strolls over and says, “Write this,” or “Write that.” But as I sat there, I realized I wasn’t getting any assignments. You can see my dilemma. I had to write something. That’s why I was being paid the princely sum of $10 an hour. ...

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